From our base in Beijing, China Sports Today covers the Chinese sports world – from professional leagues and Olympic teams to sports marketing and recreational events. Our daily news updates, events calendar (coming soon), guides and listings of relevant locations (coming soon) around China will help you make sense of the rapidly evolving sports scene here.
Whether you are a journalist looking for the names of China’s top badminton players, a rugby player looking for a team to play with in Shanghai or a sports fan coming to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing next August, China Sports Today is your online source.
Dodi Budiis a UK trained journalist who attended his first Chinese league football match in 2001 during a year long stay near Shanghai teaching English. He returned to China in June 2005 and has been a Shanghai Shenhua FC season ticket holder ever since. A passionate believer in the power of the beautiful game to build bridges between diverse peoples and cultures, he was the first foreign fan to travel with the Blue Devil fans’ club to an away match – a tremendous 3-2 victory for Shenhua over Beijng Guoan in September 2007. He has been writing about Chinese football for three years and remains as one of the few to do so regularly in English.
Yoshua King has lived in China since 1998 and has found sports a great way to learn more about the country. Sporting highlights during his time in China include ultimate frisbee in Dali, jogging in Zhengzhou (cough, cough) and squash in Shanghai. Yoshua currently derives most of his sporting pleasure from cycling in the mountains of Yunnan province.
Merry , Editor
A lifelong athlete and sports fan, Merry played basketball and water polo in college. She’s currently on sabbatical from playing water polo for U.S. club champions New York Athletic Club, where her teammates include some current and past Olympians.
During her time covering business and travel for New York-based magazines, she found excuses to interview golfer Greg Norman and basketball coach Rick Pitino, as well as to play some of the best golf courses in the United States. Her first home in China was Kunming, where she rediscovered soccer and found plenty more opportunities to stay active.
Merry writes a twice weekly column in Chinese for the 21st Century
Business Herald. Her column’s homepage is here.
Yuly handles the techie stuff on China Sports Today. Yuly’s never worked outside greater China, having embarked upon self-imposed exile from the UK in the summer of 1998. When he’s not worrying how much he can afford to spend on his next machine, he’s likely to be poking about with HTTP pipelining, bash scripts, or planning some as yet unrealised PHP/MySQL masterpiece.
Susi Santy works for a sports marketing agency in Beijing and has provided sports related articles and athlete interviews in the past for various media outlets in Beijing. He is from New Zealand originally and is an avid golfer when he has the time, money and patience required for it. He also enjoys soccer and proudly dons a tight, pink uniform to play for Beijing’s infamous Sexy FC.
Susi studied Mandarin, Japanese and Economics at the University of Otago followed by three years living in Japan before he moved to Beijing in 2004. He currently works for OCEANS Sports Marketing.